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Japanese Art and Ukiyo-e: The Chushingura

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The Chushingura by toshidama Maybe cultures choose the myths that suit their times or maybe it is the myth that inexorably shapes the culture which proceeds them. Either way there can be little doubt that myth and legend underpinned the culture of the late Edo period Japan in formative, disruptive and fundamental ways. Chief amongst […]

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Paris and the Power of Impressionism: Alfred Sisley and Fujishima Takeji

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Paris and the Power of Impressionism: Alfred Sisley and Fujishima Takeji Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Alfred Sisley and Fujishima Takeji were both born in the nineteenth century and their common factors apply to the stunning art they produced and the richness of Paris which influenced both artists. They both also studied at the Ecole […]

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Japanese Art: Before and After Hirosada

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Before and After Hirosada  By toshidama There is a clear division in the design and the feel of Osaka prints that occurs at around 1840. This is in part due to the hiatus caused by the notorious attempts by the failing Japanese administration to censor the arts – particularly the theatre – as part of a […]

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Japanese Art and Ito Shinsui: Fusions of East and West

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Japanese Art and Ito Shinsui: Fusions of East and West Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) left a lasting legacy because he produced many stunning works of art. His art work came to the fore during the Taisho and Showa period in Japan and he became famous for stunning images […]

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Japanese Art by Yamamoto Shoun from Kochi

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Japanese Art by Yamamoto Shoun from Kochi Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods of Japanese history were extremely dynamic and chaotic because you have many bright periods followed by dark moments in history. However, just like the phoenix rises, then in the final years of Yamamoto Shoun he witnessed […]

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Japanese Art and Shin Hanga in a Changing World: Ogata Gekko

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Japanese Art and Shin Hanga in a Changing World: Ogata Gekko Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Ogata Gekko (1859-1920) lived in a time of great change in Japan because the art world in this country felt the full force of growing technological changes and the increasing lure of Western art movements. […]

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Japanese Artist Fujishima Takeji and Allure of Western Art: Romanticism and Impressionism

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Japanese Artist Fujishima Takeji and Allure of Western Art:  Romanticism and Impressionism  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Fujishima Takeji was born in (1867-1943) Kagoshima and during his informative years he learnt brushwork techniques in 1882 from Togaku Hirayama. However, in 1884 Fujishima Takeji moved to Tokyo and at first he studied traditional Japanese painting under […]

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Ito Shinsui and Elegant Ladies: Japanese Art and Bijinga

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Ito Shinsui and Elegant Ladies: Japanese Art and Bijinga Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) is a “famous son” of Japanese art because his art is blessed with elegance, sophistication, and serenity. This is equally matched with natural simplicity and adorable color schemes when applied to his images of beautiful ladies and […]

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Taisho Romanticism and Japanese Art: Yumeji Takehisa and Influence of Shusui Kotoku

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Taisho Romanticism and Japanese Art: Yumeji Takehisa and Influence of Shusui Kotoku Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yumeji Takehisa produced many stunning pieces of art but he never received the international acclaim that he fully deserved during his lifetime. He was born in 1884 and passed away in 1934 because of illness. Indeed, the […]

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Art, chaos and Meiji modernity in Japan: The world of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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Art, chaos and Meiji modernity in Japan: The world of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi literally lived in two worlds and this applies to not only the Edo Period and Meiji Period but also to a chaotic lifestyle. However, despite this, Yoshitoshi produced stunning art and he was […]

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